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10 Neat Things About Garden Beauty Aids
by Dorothy Dobbie
by Dorothy Dobbie

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August 29, 2017

1. Cucumber eyes.

Cut two fat slices from a cold cucumber fresh from the refrigerator and lie back for a relaxing 10 to 15 minutes while they drain the puffiness from your eyes. They are rich in vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and cafeic acid, both of which reduce swelling, soothe irritation and prevent water retention.

2. Strawberry toes.

Take eight strawberries, two tablespoons of olive oil and one teaspoon of salt. Mash them together for a wonderful foot scrub. Rub a strawberry over your teeth to get a whiter smile. Strawberries contain alpha hydroxyl acids (like salicylic acid).

3. Potato hair.

Potato juice is said to aid in retarding hair loss. Mix it with egg white and honey and leave on your hair for two hours. Shampoo and rinse. Potato juice will also help to darken greying hair. Potato juice can also relieve eczema itch and sunburn.

4. Rosemary cheeks.

Rosemary, with a little witch hazel added, is good for increasing blood circulation in the face to give you a rosy glow. Counterintuitively, olive oil is an excellent treatment for oily skin; it actually dissolves the oil, leaving skin soft and non-greasy. Use it to remove makeup.

5. Avocado hands.

Mix mashed avocado with egg white, rolled oats and lemon juice. Apply to hands and leave for 20 minutes. Rinse. Avocado help heal sun-damaged skin and age spots.

6. Vinegar head.

A rinse of vinegar and water has all sorts of natural benefits for your skin and scalp. Because vinegar has the same pH as hair oil, it helps maintain the right acidity level on your scalp. It also rids scalp of bacteria and fungus as well as removing shampoo and conditioning residue. It reduces frizz and split ends and changes hair porosity. It also provides hair with a diet of vitamins B, C and potassium. Use two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to one cup of water. Let sit for a minute or two; then rinse with fresh water.

7. Broccoli body.

This cruciferous veggie is high in antioxidants, including vitamins C and E. The vitamin C in broccoli aids in collagen production and keeps your skin healthy and supple, while vitamin E protects your skin cell membranes and guards against UV radiation damage. Eat it!

8. Calendula deodorant.

Demurely hidden in the pretty calendula blossoms is a treasure trove of body soothing ingredients. It can be used in everything from deodorant to eyewash - even to treat pink eye. Calendula is also good for sunburns. It makes a soothing tea: take one tablespoon of dried petals or two of fresh in a cup of water. Bring to a boil and steep for 10 minutes. Drink it or use it as a soothing wash.

9. Vinegar fungal killer.

Vinegar is the miracle product in the kitchen. In addition to all its other wonderful benefits, it is the best cure for toenail fungus. Mix one part apple cider vinegar to one part Epsom salts and six parts hot water. Soak feet twice a day. Back this up with a drink of two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, a teaspoon of honey and eight ounces of warm water.

10. Tomato paste for cellulite.

Got an excess crop of tomatoes? Render them down to tomato paste and rub the result on those unsightly cellulite-ridden arms and thighs. Eat three or four tablespoons a day as well. The paste is full of lycopene which strengthens the skin and prevents the breakdown of collagen. Does it work? I dunno, but I hear it also helps reduce sun-damage!

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